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Welcome to Bolton College

Bolton College has a lot of things going for it, but then again, so do you. Your next step is important, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Once you’ve left school, you can pursue one of two pathways to Higher Education or employment: an Apprenticeship or a full-time course. Whichever one you choose, our hands-on courses will provide you with the skills and qualifications that employers are looking for by combining classroom learning with real work experience.

If you need some support with choosing the right course for you, feel free to call our Student Services Team on 01204 482 181/195 or email


Good luck in your final year at school and we hope to see you in September!

About us

Whether you choose a full-time course or an Apprenticeship, both learning pathways provide a complete learning package designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further study. While the full-time pathway will offer work experience opportunities and ultimately prepare you for your first job, the Apprenticeship pathway begins with you already in your first job and earning a wage.

Whichever pathway you choose, you’ll be treated like an adult and given the freedom to develop as an individual, preparing you for employment or Higher Education. 

“I love my job; I love my course; I love Bolton College!”

Connor Stevenson, former pupil of Mount St Joseph’s School

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Level 3

Finalist at North West Apprenticeship Awards 2015

Highly Commended by the Association of Colleges

Facilities available

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • Wella-approved hair salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee


Why not come and check it out? The best way to discover what Bolton College can do for you is by attending one of our School Leavers’ Events at our Deane Road campus on any of these dates:


Tuesday 20th October 2015, 4.30pm – 8pm

Wednesday 18th November 2015, 4.30pm – 8pm



Additional support

Support with your Studies

Equal opportunities are incredibly important to us at Bolton College, and we will always do our very best to meet the needs of individuals.

We can provide support for you, if you:

  • Are a D/deaf or hard-of-hearing person
  • Are a visually impaired person
  • Are on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Have a learning difficulty or disability
  • Have a physical disability
  • Have an injury or temporary disability
  • Have dyslexia
  • Have language, literacy or numeracy needs
  • Have mental health needs


A Supportive Environment

We also think it’s really important to create a comfortable learning environment, which offers:

  • A Personal Tutor/Learning & Development Mentor for every learner
  • Support if you’re applying to university
  • Support if you’re applying for jobs
  • A College Counsellor
  • Looked After Children (LAC) Links
  • A multi-faith Chaplaincy
  • A College Nurse Service
  • A Quiet Room
  • Childcare


Financial Support

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you’re aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, feel free to contact our Student Services Team by calling 01204 482 181/195 or emailing

If you’re looking to do an Apprenticeship, 100% of your Apprenticeship’s training costs will be funded by the Government. For further information visit


Learner success

 “I chose to come to Bolton College because the beauty salons are bigger and better equipped than those at other colleges I’d visited, and they are just like the real work environment. The Apprenticeship has been a great way for me to get my foot in the door. Next, I plan to progress to Level 4 to learn more advanced techniques.”

Molly Burbidge

Former pupil of Harper Green School

Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship Level 3


“The best bit about the course is the teaching. The tutors have real theatrical experience and teach you so many tricks of the trade. I played the lead romantic role in last year’s end-of-year performance, and now I’m studying Drama at Liverpool Hope University! I’d encourage anyone to audition at Bolton College.”

Francis Kirk

Former pupil of Rivington and Blackrod High School

Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Level 3


“We’ve been taught by a Man United Coach, which has given me real insight into the job that I’m training up to do. I spent 8 weeks in Atlanta during summer 2015, taking part in a football coaching scheme, and now I’m back doing Sport BTEC Level 3, which will give me the UCAS points I need to get into university.”

Bradley Hutchins

Former pupil of Ladybridge High School

Football Academy NVQ Level 3/Sport BTEC Level 3


How to apply

You can apply for courses at Bolton College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 24 September 2018
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